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Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.

Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet

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"If there are zeitgeist moments for products, movie stars, and even politicians, then such moments can exist for weaponry as well. The robotic drone is the Lady Gaga of this Pentagon moment."

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So wrote Tom Engelhardt, in an essay titled "America Detached from War," and he couldn't have picked a more perfect metaphor. Gaga is sexy, ubiquitous, and oh so of-the-moment. She exists on a line between monstrous and beautiful, making us ask questions about progress, about agency, about control, about men and women, about Americans and the world. She is both a perfect embodiment of American cultural dominance and subverting what that means at every turn.

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Gaga-analysis could fill a library at this point. It is impossible to ignore her. She demands in a voice somewhere between a howl and a snarl at the Grammys "I wanna be a star!" and she makes philosophers (like Nancy Bauer, in a New York Times piece) as well as pop critics talk about her.

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Arizona's D-Day

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  • The Reform Immigration for American campaign reports that "there are twenty two copycats [laws] waiting to see which way the wind blows on states' ability to preempt federal immigration law."
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  • Arizona to appeal judge's immigration law ruling that put most of measure on hold
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The Progress Report

Ninety days after it was signed into law, Arizona's new immigration law -- SB-1070 -- is set to take effect tomorrow (July 29). U.S. Ninth District Judge Susan Bolton is currently considering some of the seven lawsuits brought against the law along with a request by federal government that she approve a federal injunction of the law. Last night, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) announced that she expects a ruling within 24 hours. Much is at stake. As one law professor pointed out, if the law is struck down, it will take the "wind out of the sails" of local efforts to pass immigration laws. If it isn't, Bolton's decision will "unleash more copycat legislation." Both sides are bracing themselves for implementation. National and local organizations are preparing a state-wide demonstration that will kick off today with a vigil in several cities. Demonstrators are set to descend on the Arizona state capital without their papers and "dare law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, to put SB-1070 to the test." The U.S. attorney for Arizona is encouraging those who believe their civil rights have been violated to contact the FBI. Meanwhile, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is "setting aside space" in his tent city for more undocumented immigrants as local law enforcement gears up to enforce SB-1070. And while most Americans support Arizona's immigration law, they also think its looming implementation tomorrow will "increase discrimination against Hispanics while not necessarily making a dent in the [immigration] problem."

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Arizona to appeal judge's immigration law ruling that put most of measure on hold, Bob Christie,  Associated Press, in StarTribune | MN
Arizona is preparing to ask an appeals court to lift a judge's ruling that put most of the state's immigration law on hold in a key first-round victory for the federal government in a fight that may go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Video series: The human toll of the BP blowout

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World Socialist Website

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The BP blowout has devastated the economy, environment and health of the entire Gulf region. World Socialist Website (WSWS) reporters C. W. Rogers and Andre Damon interviewed residents, small businessmen and environmental and health experts on the Gulf coast and compiled this video report.
•    Part 1—The economic impact
•    Part 2—The effect on human health
•    Part 3—The social impact
•    Part 4—The environment
•    Part 5—Residents respond to the disaster<>

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Where has all the Navy money gone?

U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA)  Minnesota Chapter took $1.56 million out of Minnesota from 2004-2009 and mysteriously dissolved last May under threat of legal liabilities. Its national commander is a top contributor to Michele Bachmann and has since disappeared.

Karl Bremer

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

Out of more than $1.14 million the U.S. Navy Veterans Association Minnesota Chapter claims to have spent on charitable programs and services in Minnesota since 2004, only $26,300 can be positively accounted for: two $10,000 donations to a St. Paul Veterans Center in 2007 and one $6,300 donation to Twin Cities Public Television in 2008.

The rest of the money from the organization that went to benefit individuals was allegedly spent to provide such generic things as “direct cash assistance,” food, clothing, publications, “care packages” for service members, and “psychological counseling and comfort” for survivors of veterans. But there is little evidence or documentation of those services in records filed with the state or IRS. Furthermore, the officers for the Minnesota Chapter of the USNVA cannot be found, nor can any address for the group other than UPS drop boxes be located.

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Secret files show true Afghanistan war

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  • A six-year archive of classified military documents released Sunday (July 25) by an Internet organization called WikiLeaks offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the Afghanistan war that in many respects is more grim than the official portrayal.
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  • Afghanistan: The War Logs
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  • Six Facts No War Supporter Knows
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The New York Times

Accidents are tied to drones such as this MQ-9 Reaper, with laser-guided munitions and Hellfire missiles. LTC Leslie Pratt ? USAF/NYT

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A six-year archive of classified military documents made public Sunday offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the Afghanistan war that in many respects is more grim than the official portrayal.

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The secret documents, released by an Internet organization called WikiLeaks, are a daily diary of an American-led force often starved for resources and attention as it struggled against an insurgency that grew larger, better coordinated and more deadly each year.

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The New York Times, the British newspaper the Guardian and the German magazine Der Spiegel were given access to the voluminous records weeks ago on the condition that they not report on the material before Sunday (July 25).

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Afghanistan: The War Logs, The Guardian | UK
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle
Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation

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Six Facts No War Supporter Knows, David Swanson, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

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  • No one who supports (The Afghan war) can be aware of any of the following six facts.
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  • Secret files show true Afghanistan war
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